Trump Narrows Fed Leader Search to Five Candidates -- Update

The White House has narrowed the search for the next Federal Reserve chairman to five final candidates, according to a White House official, who said President Donald Trump is expected to announce his pick before a trip to Asia that starts Nov. 3.

The finalists are Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen, who will meet with the president Thursday, as well as Fed governor Jerome Powell, former Fed governor Kevin Warsh, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and Stanford University economist John Taylor, the official confirmed.

After Mr. Trump interviews Ms. Yellen on Thursday, he will have met and discussed the job with all five candidates, the official said.

The president met late last month with Mr. Warsh and Mr. Powell, and interviewed Mr. Taylor on Wednesday.

Mr. Powell has supported the Fed's strategy of gradually raising short-term interest rates, while Messrs. Warsh and Taylor both have criticized the central bank's easy-money policies since the financial crisis.

Ms. Yellen's four-year term as chairwoman expires in early February. If she isn't nominated for a second term, it would be the first time in nearly four decades that a first-term president has replaced the sitting Fed chief.

Mr. Trump criticized her on the campaign trail, but told The Wall Street Journal in July he was considering her.

"I think she's done a good job," Mr. Trump said in the July interview. "I'd like to see rates stay low. She's historically been a low-interest-rate person."

Mr. Cohn's prospects have fluctuated over the past few months.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal in July, the president said he was also considering Mr. Cohn for the Fed chairmanship. But early last month, people familiar with Mr. Trump's thinking said that he was unlikely to nominate Mr. Cohn. Still, he has remained in the running.

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October 17, 2017 12:58 ET (16:58 GMT)